Beat The Post-Holiday Blues


You don’t need to read the latest study to confirm the ‘post-holiday’ blues phenomenon… there’s nothing like getting home to cold ol’ Blighty, with a suitcase of dirty laundry and the prospect of a bulging inbox to zap any ‘holiday happiness’ vibes within moments of touch-down.

This latest study, conducted by the British Summer Fruits Board, confirms that our ‘post-holiday blues’ can last a considerable time after returning from a break, with a third of the 2,000 British workers polled admitting to turning to junk foods to try to cheer themselves up.

So, if you want to swerve the biscuit barrel but need some tips to shake off those post-holiday blues, here are five top healthy tips from Dr Sally Norton. A leading health expert & founder of

1. Keep up your holiday fitness habits
Did you get into the habit of a pre-breakfast swim? Or perhaps an after dinner walk? We have more time on holiday to get active, not to mention a more inspiring backdrop! That doesn’t mean to say that when you get back you can’t keep up any new-found favourite activities. Not only will it help boost your mood out of that post-holiday slump, but it will get you even fitter and more toned for next year’s bikini season!

2. Print your pics
One of the only upsides of today’s digital age is that you will probably come home with a smart phone, packed with photos. Keep the holiday glow alive by getting them printed, rather than clogging up your phone’s memory.

3. Stay inspired
Loved the fresh grilled fish you had in Greece, the hearty tagines in Morocco or the fresh produce you bought daily at the market in France? Stay inspired by the different flavours and cuisines you sampled on holiday when you get back. Holidays are a great opportunity to shake you out of a food rut, chances are you will have eaten less processed foods and more freshly prepared meals whilst abroad – keep it up!  ….If you want some support with more hints and tips visit

4. Every cloud…
So, you’ve come back to a 10 degree drop in temperature… depressed? Don’t be! Rather than looking longingly at the floaty dress that now leaves you shivering, wash and pack away all your summer kit and embrace the change in season, in all its mists and mellow fruitfulness… cosy knits, autumnal shades, shiny leather boots… we’d happily swap sand between our toes for a good walk through autumn’s falling leaves!

5. Finally… book another break!
Okay, you don’t actually have to book it, but studies have shown that booking or planning another trip helps refocus you and boost you out of that wanderlust slump. Fiscal funds a problem? Why not start a Pinterest board of all the places you’d like to visit – daydreaming doesn’t cost a penny!

Emily Cleary

Emily Cleary

After almost a decade chasing ambulances, and celebrities, for Fleet Street’s finest, Emily has taken it down a gear and settled for a (slightly!) slower pace of life in the suburbs. With a love of cheese and fine wine, Emily is more likely to be found chasing her toddlers round Kew Gardens than sipping champagne at a showbiz launch nowadays, or grabbing an hour out of her hectic freelancer’s life to chill out in a spa while hubby holds the babies. If only!


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